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BHS Fall Band/Choir Concert
Date: Oct. 21
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Place: Al Ringling Theatre

JYMS P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 21 
Time: 4-7 p.m.

Elementary P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 22
Time: 4-7 p.m.

BHS P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 22
Time: 4-7:30 p.m.

Elementary P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 23
Time: 1:30-4 p.m.

JYMS P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 23
Time: 1:30-5 p.m.

BHS P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 23
Time: 1:30-5 p.m.

World Polio Day
Share Night
Date: Oct. 24
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch, Baraboo

No School
Date: Oct. 25

BHS Awards Assembly
Date: Oct. 28
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: BHS

GLW Culver's Night
Date: Oct. 29
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Place: Culver's, Baraboo

College Goal Wisconsin 
Date: October 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Place UW-Baraboo campus in the Lange Center 

JYMS Choir Concert
Date: November 5

No School 
Dates: Nov. 27-29

JYMS Band Concert
Date: December 9

Winter Break - No School
Dates: Dec. 23 - January 1

Spring Break
Date: March 23-27

No School
Date: April 10

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 25

BHS Graduation
Date: May 29

Join us as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures from the National Education Association.

Title: My Name is Bilal
Author:  Asma Mobin-Uddin
Illustrated by: Barbara Kiwak
For: Elementary Readers
Summary:  A brother and sister are the only Muslim students at their school. When the sister is teased for wearing a headscarf, Bilal finds the courage to stand up for her.

Why this book? October is Bullying Awareness Month. One of the best ways to prevent bullying is to help students stand up for each other. 


The mission of Hope House is to prevent abuse and provide support to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Toll-free 24-Hour Confidential Helpline:
Street Address:
720 Ash Street
Baraboo, WI 53913
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM

The Baraboo Public Library offers a safe and welcoming environment, providing area residents and visitors with confidential access to cutting edge, high quality resources.    

Riptide is a summer swim program for ages 5 to 18. Registration is open for the spring stroke clinic and summer season.

Online registration. Ages 6-18. Certified, trained coaches. Spring and Fall seasons. Email BarabooSoccerClub@gmail.
com with questions.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
October 24 , 2019
Teachers Attend Training on Inclusivity
Approximately 30 teachers and one Baraboo School Board of Education member participated in a two-day training with Dr. Paula Kluth on co-teaching to co-serve.  We had teams from four elementaries, Jack Young Middle School and Baraboo High School. 

The training was focused on learning new ways to provide instruction to all students in an equitable and inclusive way. The teachers learned about teaching stations, parallel teaching, duet-teaching and one teach/one assist, one teach/one make multisensory.  These are all ways to improve inclusive instruction for all students. Way to go Team!

Seal-A-Smile Expands to West and BELC
The Seal-A-Smile program has been servicing students in the area for the past 11 years. We are excited for their expansion into the Baraboo West Kindergarten Center and 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) sites in the Baraboo District for the 2019-2020 school year!

When Seal-A-Smile enters a school, they first have all the  students brush their teeth. Then, the students sit in their dental chair for chairside patient education, and a screening where Seal-A-Smile can determine if children will need sealants. If sealants are needed they paint the grooves of a tooth with a sealer that seals the tooth to help prevent decay. They then paint the tooth with a fluoride varnish. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps strengthen the teeth and prevents decay. Once students have gone through the screening, fluoride treatment and sealants if needed, the student is done and they receive a goody bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste, timer, flossers and a letter detailing treatment received before they return to the classroom.  

Our goal is to start oral health education at the primary level and continue educating these students through the secondary years. Thank you to Jenny Puttkamer, Sharyn Borchert, Debbie Stieve and Becky Brown for all of their efforts with the Seal-A-Smile program in Baraboo!

Dental Health Associates Donates $1,000 to BHS Food Pantry
Thank you to Dental Associates of Baraboo for their Casual Friday donation to the BHS Food Pantry in the amount of $1,000! Pictured from left are Anne Calkins, Kristin Terry, Glenn Bildsten, Kristi Puntney, Tami Tangney, and Cheri Holterman.
4K Class Earns Dress Up Day with Bee Bucks
Ms. Emma Steinhorst's 4K class earned a dress-up party for earning 100 Bee Bucks by being Respectful, Responsible and Safe.  

Ms. Emma dressed as a cow and Special Education Assistant Ms. Tina Peters dressed up as a peacock alongside their students to celebrate their class' great accomplishments!

TONIGHT: A Conversation About Intersectionality

GEDO2: Alternative Education Program
Mr. Kuter's GEDO2 class at Baraboo High School took advantage of the sunshine on Oct. 18 with a field trip to Ochsner's Park.

The Baraboo School District offers the GEDO2 (GED Option #2) Program as an alternative education program for students who otherwise do not have the required amount of credits to graduate. GEDO2 uses  the GED test to measure proficiency and readiness to complete high school in lieu of traditional high school credit. 

Admitted students are prepared to take the GED through a blend of online programs and in-person instruction to study GED concepts and take GED practice tests, along with lessons in financial literacy and employability skills.  A student who passes the GED tests and completes the other requirements for graduation is entitled to the traditional high school diploma. 

Parents interested in having their child considered for enrollment in the GEDO2 Program should contact their child's guidance counselor. This is a voluntary program where enrollment and participation are agreed to by both the student and their parents/guardians. 

People Helping People Helps West!
Bill and Yvette Harris from People Helping People (PHP) dropped off more school supplies and extra clothing items for students at West.  

We thank PHP for all of their ongoing support of West School and throughout the Baraboo School District!
Village President Visits North Freedom
Rick Hehenberger, president of the Village of North Freedom, spoke to Mrs. Van Den Heuvel's third grade class on Monday, Oct. 21 at North Freedom Elementary.

Students listened to Mr. Hehenberger describe the changes over time in local businesses and his hope for growing North Freedom businesses in the future.  Like many jobs, Mr. Hehenberger has parts he enjoys and parts that are more serious. Students learned that Mr. Hehenberger has to get enough votes to be president and his term is two years. 

This visit was part of the Baraboo School District's Community Classroom Connection program, where local business partners speak with students about their jobs.

Local Author to Visit BHS
Local Author Andy Miller will speak at Baraboo High School during enrichment on Tuesday, Oct. 29 for any interested students.

Miller is a US Army veteran who flew helicopters in Afghanistan. His book, "Pamir 62: Heroes are Forever," tells the story of what happened before and after an explosive device destroyed his helicopter and badly damaged his leg in 2013. He is coming to BHS to share his experiences both in combat and book publishing.  Limited seating is available. Interested students should stop in the LMC or email Mr. Gillick .

For more information on Pamir 62: Heroes are Forever, click here.

North Freedom Speed Stacks
On Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, North Freedom Elementary students had a visit from Jean Balke, the Wisconsin Rep for Speed Stacks, Inc. She taught students about Speed Stacking and gave a hands on demonstration. 

Sport stacking, also known as cup stacking or speed stacking, is an individual and team sport that involves stacking 9 or 12 (usually 12) specially designed cups in pre-determined sequences as fast as you can. The cups are specially designed to allow for speedier times. Participants stack the cups in specific sequences by aligning the inside left lateral adjunct of each cup with that of the next. Sequences are usually pyramids of 3, 6, or 10 cups. Players compete against the clock or another player. The students had a great time testing out their own stacking abilities!

Student Council Conquers Corn Maze
Jack Young Middle School Student Council Advisors Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Kowalke, along with these fine Jack Young Middle School Student Council students, had a fantastic time at Leatherberry Acres on Friday, October 18th. They enjoyed many fun activities including a hayride, the petting zoo and they even found their way out of the corn maze!

These sixth, seventh and eighth graders represented JYMS very well! Thank you to Leatherberry Acres for making our students feel so welcome! They had a blast!
North Freedom Experiences Ag in the Classroom
A program called "Agriculture in the Classroom" was presented to Mrs. Ginther's second graders at North Freedom Elementary on Friday, October 18th. 

The presenter, Mrs. Jan McGinnis, spoke to the students about Wisconsin's state bird, flower, tree, and fish. She also talked about agriculture and how it affects their lives every day. 

The second graders worked together to make "Professor Product," a character that highlights agricultural products we use. Each student was given clues to identify some of the various products.

Students also learned that it takes a hen about one day to produce an egg, cranberries grow on a vine in sand, and that cranberry fields are flooded with water when harvested. They were also told that if all the pickles eaten in one year were laid end to end, they would reach the moon and back 8 times. That's a lot of pickles! Wisconsin is #1 in the nation for the production of cheese, cranberries, mink pelts, cabbage, ginseng, goat milk and sausage. 

"Agriculture in the Classroom" is a great learning experience and Mrs. Ginther and her students thank Mrs. McGinnis for visiting their classroom.

Our Goal: 2020 by 2020!
We have a goal for our new Facebook page - 2020 by 2020!

We want to reach 2,020 likes by the start of the year 2020! We officially launched our new FB page @OnwardBSD less than a month ago and we are already at 830+ likes. Help us reach 2020 by clicking here, liking us on Facebook, and sharing this post and/or inviting your friends to like our page! 

We value communication with our families, staff, business partners and community members and social media is a great way to keep you up-to-date on what's happening in the District.

Bridging Brighter Smiles

Share Night to End Polio 

BHS FFA Fruit & Wreath Sale
As the cool weather is arriving, so is the Baraboo FFA Fruit and Wreath Sale! If you are interested in purchasing, please either contact an FFA member or Mrs. Puntney. 

The order deadline is Friday, November 1st.  Wreath pick up will be 11/25 or 11/26 and fruit pick up will be the second week of December. Click here to view the October Agricultural Education Newsletter!

Lamers Bus Lines Seeking Drivers!
Lamers Bus Lines is seeking additional school bus drivers!  

This is a great opportunity for individuals looking for work before or after school. It's also a great job for parents of students in the District because:
  1. There are no nights or weekends for route drivers
  2. Drivers get summer vacation and snow days, just like the students
  3. If your child is in any sports or activities, you can get paid to cheer them on and support the team by driving the team bus
Lamers Bus Lines will provide complete paid training, and teach you everything you need to know about driving a school bus.  Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested to help us ensure that our students get to school, sports, and activities on time each day. 

Questions may be directed the Lamers School Bus Office in Baraboo at 608-448-4851 extension 2.  Apply online at
Phase III Update
Last month, we shared the exciting progress made on the re-design of Jack Young Middle School's antiquated ramp system. This month, we want to focus on another key element of the school's re-design: natural light. 
Jack Young Middle School suffers from a lack of natural light. Many of its hallways are either poorly lit or lit with harsh ceiling lights.  Architects and district leaders have been working hard to open JYMS to natural lighting. Why? Natural light has been shown in multiple studies to improve students' comfort, wellbeing and academic performance. Architects are therefore implementing design strategies that draw natural light into JYMS classrooms, hallways and interior spaces. The thoughtful use of transparency and "borrowed light" to help illuminate interior spaces were two strategies used to help brighten Baraboo High School with natural light. These same ideas will are key to the renovation and revitalization of JYMS.

In the weeks and months to come, we look forward to sharing additional features of Jack Young Middle School. Please stay tuned for more!

GLW Hosts Culver's Fundraiser Oct. 29

Attention BHS Alumni Military Families
Attention Baraboo High School Alumni Military Families! 

If you have a son or a daughter who has graduated from the Baraboo High School and who is currently serving our country, please send the following to Baraboo High School teacher Steve Argo by Tuesday, October 29, 2019:
  • a digital photograph of him or her in their uniform
  • where they are stationed
  • their rank
  • what their current job is in the military

Please send to Steve Argo at by Tuesday, October 29, 2019. 


It is important to honor and show our appreciation for their service to our country. Their picture will be on the marquee in the High School Cafeteria for the month of November and entered into our BHS Digital Kiosks.

If you have any questions please contact Steve Argo at the Baraboo High School or Laurie Kowalke at Jack Young Middle School.
Nominate for Senior Spotlight
New this year, the Baraboo School District is featuring Baraboo High School seniors who are acting as leaders in our community and within our schools.  We will showcase each Senior Spotlight on our Facebook page!

TO NOMINATE: please email a brief write-up with the student's first and last name and an explanation of why you are nominating the senior to   Submissions must include at least one photograph. Please use SENIOR SPOTLIGHT in the subject field of the email. 
BHS Winter Sports Parent Meeting
The Winter Sport Parents Meeting will be held on Monday, November 4, 2019 in the BHS Gym. The general session will begin at 6:00 p.m. Individual sp ort meetings will follow at 6:30 p.m.  

Please click her e to view more information about Baraboo High School's Winter Sports Parent Meeting, how to register for a sport, WIAA physicals and more!
ACT Test Prep Sessions
The Baraboo High School is committed to college and career readiness for all students as they plan for their futures.  One way to determine your junior's preparedness is through the ACT with Writing assessment. This assessment is state-mandated and offered at no cost to your junior on March 3, 2020 at Baraboo High School. 

To prepare for this high-stakes assessment, your junior will have multiple opportunities for practice on Mondays during our scheduled homerooms.  Students will access free lessons and quizzes using Method Test Prep, a program that is built into their academic and career planning curriculum. Additionally, we would like to offer these practice opportunities:
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 - required writing
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019 - optional
The November 18th practice will be administered during our regular Monday homeroom and will include a paper-based practice focused on writing.  Your junior will receive feedback on this assessment to understand current skill level and suggestions for improvement.

The December 7th practice will mimic the full-length ACT. This paper-based test will include English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. Registration for the December 7th ACT practice will be open for students from October 14 to November 8, 2019.  Results will be shared with your junior at school upon our return from Winter Break.

Additional study materials, accessible at home, can be found at: .  We look forward to working with your junior to support college and career readiness after high school.

UW Platteville/Baraboo Sauk County Campus will also be offering two ACT Test prep sessions.

Saturday, Oct; 19 from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Scholarship Opportunities Available to BHS Students
November 5 is the due date for Baraboo High School students graduating in 2020 to apply for a Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship. Find more information here.

Also check out this scholarship from the Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA) in partnership with Xello and Method Test Prep!
Thunderbird Boys Basketball League

NOW HIRING: Substitute Custodial Positions
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The district is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions.  The starting rate is $12.50/hr!  Applications can be found online at . Applications can also be picked up and submitted to the District Maintenance Shop; 1210 Berkley Blvd; Baraboo, WI  53913

Questions should be directed to Dan O'Brien, Director of Buildings and Grounds  at 608-355-3985. 

Registration for Fall Swim Classes Now Open!

For information on rates, class times and dates, please click the links below.

For information on Fall Pool Passes (September - December), please click here!
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